Farida Nabourema

Activist and Writer

Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Togo
Based in Accra


Current Occupation: Activist and Writer
Organization/Institution: Togolese Civil League
Language: English

Farida Nabourema (@Farida_N) is a political activist and writer, recently emerging as the unequivocal voice of Togo’s pro-democracy movement. Farida has been a fearless advocate for democracy and human rights in Togo since she was a teenager. Through the hundreds of articles written on her blog and other sites, Farida denounces corruption, dictatorship and promotes progressive Pan Africanism. In 2014, Farida published a book in French titled “La Pression de oppression” (The Pressure of Oppression) in which she discusses the different forms of oppression that people face throughout Africa, highlighting the need for youth and women to be politically engaged. Farida is also the Executive Director of the Togolese Civil League, an NGO that promotes democracy and human rights in Togo through grassroots organizing, civic education and advocacy. Prior to taking that position, Farida founded the ‘Faure Must Go’ movement in 2011 where she organized Togolese youth to stand against the dictatorial regime of Faure Gnassingbe. Faure Must Go has become the clarion for the civil resistance movement in Togo where Farida is one of the best-known leaders.

Farida Nabourema was awarded the 2017 African Youth and Young Advocate of the Year. In 2018, she was listed by Time Magazines as one the four global crusaders of democracy. She is an alumni of American University where she majored in International Studies.